Supportive Assistance for Elders


One Family's Story

One Family's Story

At the recommendation of an attorney in Iowa City, my brother called HomeSafe. My brother and I were quite worried about my Dad's lack of mobility and decline in hygiene. Dad is 94 years of age. The HomeSafe director began visiting my Dad once a week in January 2001. She has been a godsend. She makes sure Dad's medications are refilled and that he takes his medications, makes sure he makes appointments with his doctors, visits with him, and coordinates many other things for him. She also supervises a nurses aide and occasional nursing student who helps Dad shower and also visit with him. Currently, she is trying to find a music student to play the violin with Dad. But most importantly, she gives me a regular update as to Dad's well being. This is invaluable. It helps me stay in touch with my dad, who also is quite hearing impaired and difficult to converse with over the phone. My brother lives just outside of Washington, D.C., and I live just outside of Chicago, so HomeSafe has been our eyes and ears with respect to Dad. I credit HomeSafe with making it feasible for Dad to remain in his apartment in Iowa City. Being an alumna of the University of Iowa, I was also encouraged that HomeSafe is tied to the UI College of Nursing. I highly recommend this organization to individuals who live at a distance from aging parents.

Madonna L., daughter

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